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Tipster receives highest reward of 200,000 yuan

SHANGHAI food safety officials announced yesterday that they paid the maximum reward - 200,000 yuan (US$32,258) - to an anonymous tipster who reported illegal additives were being used in a health tonic.

The government investigated after receiving the tip last year and quickly pulled the product, which was being made in another province and sold in Shanghai, officials said yesterday.

Shanghai Food Safety Office promises to protect privacy of tipsters, who don't have to leave their real name to receive a reward of 500 yuan to 200,000 yuan.

From January to May, food safety officials received 6,466 reports through its hotline, 12331, and confirmed nearly 66 percent of them.

A total of 214 tipsters received over 100,000 yuan in rewards during that time, officials said.

The health tonic tipster left a phone number but no name with the information, said Tang Minghao, deputy director of the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration. "We sent the reward to a bank account the person left. We don't know the person's age or name."


Next week, officials plan to release the first blacklist of individuals and companies breaking food safety regulations as part of a food safety week promotion.

Those on the list face tough punishment, including the possibility of being blocked from Shanghai markets, top officials being restricted from working in the food industry and other penalties on their finances, land use and taxes.


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